Research has shown that there are identifiable inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and looked after children (LAC) in relation to their peers within their academic and personal development. Nationally, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. To help address these inequalities the Government provide Pupil Premium funding, which is additional funding to support those disadvantaged and most vulnerable pupils who need it most. The Government also provide a Services Pupil Premium for children of Forces parents.
To ensure that pupil premium has the desired impact upon pupil’s attainment and personal development we review, on a regular basis, best practice and guidance in order to help us identify the best and the most effective strategies available for our pupils.
In the attachments below, there is further detail about how we allocate the Pupil Premium and the Malmesbury School Pupil Premium Charter, which outlines how we support our Pupil Premium students.